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  • Upper management had no business running a company (in 12 reviews)

  • Company went bankrupt Chapter 13 (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Scary, In all of my 27 yrs in route sls, I have never seen a company like this TRYING to give it all away."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Route Sales Representative in Baton Rouge, LA
    Current Employee - Route Sales Representative in Baton Rouge, LA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Benifits,and thats only there thanks to Teamsters Union.

    Cons

    Awefull Management, In the 4-5 years I have been there I have never been told good job, DSM,s and never get out in the market.
    My paycheck has went only down since Ive started, almost back to training pay.
    They are trying now to cut our commisions more.
    Employee Moral is just the worst that I have ever seen

    Advice to Management

    Work with your RSRs from time to time, to see whats going on with your company.
    Ask for feedback from your RSRs on whats selling in there market.
    Check up on your DSMs.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "very unsatisfied"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Department Head in Indianapolis, IN
    Current Employee - Department Head in Indianapolis, IN
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    wages are good compared to other companies in same catagory.

    Cons

    treated like second hand citizens

    Advice to Management

    pay closer attention to employees rather on yourself and what you can get.


  3. "Company is outdated. More investment is needed to the front lines and bakeries to succeed!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - District Sales Manager
    Current Employee - District Sales Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Hostess Brands full-time

    Pros

    Great brands!!! The company has the right pieces to be a success!!

    Cons

    The DSM job is over worked, too many items on their plate

    Advice to Management

    Hire more people so DSMs are able to sell and do more to impact the bottom line.


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  5. "It Sounds Good"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Hostess Brands part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Hostess Brands has benefits and are unionized, so you are protected. Also, they have an adequate pension plan for the time being.

    Cons

    Hostess Brands has filed bankruptcy AGAIN. It is a company with a lot of potential, but it is so poorly managed that it's being driven into the ground. Also, the job stability is no longer existent.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your workers instead of using them. We're the ones who know what the company needs anyway.


  6. "Do not work here"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    decent money, Get off work at a decent hour

    Cons

    upper management doesnt know anything, mismanagement of funds, treat employee's like crap. Keep taking more from the Route guys, we are already some of the lowest paid.

    Advice to Management

    Learn what your doing


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Hostess Brands could be compared to the Titanic after it struck the icberg."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager
    Current Employee - Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Salary and benefits are better than most comparable positions with other companies.

    Cons

    The company has hired so many people from the outside for upper management that we are top heavy. The new people do not understand the business and they have made one bad decision after another. They have held meetings asking the employees what needs to be done to turn the company around and they end up doing the opposite. In an effort to justify the cost of hiring more upper management they have been laying off the people on the front lines doing all the work which squeezes middle management to pick up the slack. They have eliminated positions without thinking of who was to do the work so the few of us who once cared, had to scramble to cover the workload even though it wasn't related to our job. The company is so inefficient now, It takes weeks to get things done that used to be done in just a few minutes. Now they are going to close most of the offices and outsource the work overseas. The morale is very low with most expecting impending doom for the company.

    Advice to Management

    The company needs to eliminate the current inefficient structure and go back to the same structure it had when it made money. The routes will have to be sold.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Ruined my self confidence and wasted valuable years."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Retail Outlet Clerk
    Current Employee - Retail Outlet Clerk
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Provides union wages and protection.

    Cons

    No work life balance. Physically demanding and dirty. Poor equipment and impossible customer service requirements considering they cater to government assistance clientele.

    Advice to Management

    Look at the over all picture instead of your departments numbers. Seriously listen to employee input and stand up to your own bosses. Invest in modern equipment and start thinking forward in a realistic way i.e., listen to the people in the trenches; meaning on the line, your rsr, clerks, etc. Too much paperwork and not enought time or reason.


  9. "All training is on-the-job, and most open positions are given to external candidates."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Opportunities available for those with little or no education. Good benefits are available.

    Cons

    There are not many opportunities to advance in the bakeries, and most professional jobs are at the corporate level.

    Advice to Management

    Develop talent, and pay for performance.



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